SOWK13011 - Community Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed so that you are be able to compare different approaches to community practice and provide the relevant knowledge and skills to critically analyse contexts for community work. You will develop appropriate strategic responses in a range of differing community contexts, including different cultural contexts and from an international perspective. You will develop an understanding of social innovation and the use of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise within communities.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students will need to have successfully completed 48 credit points.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

Term 2 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online discussion forum 30%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Report 35%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 31.91% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Verbal feedback; formal evaluation responses
Assessment 1 identified as onerous, being 3 forum posts on three different topics - a lot of research and work required
Discuss whether to change assessment requirement
Action Taken
Unit Coordinator recommended assessment 1 be changed in 2022; this has occurred.
Source: Verbal feedback, reflections from students within assessment 1, formal evaluation response
Week 1 readings identified as overwhelming and confronting (Ife 2016 first chapter, crisis focused)
Week one to be more general introduction to community practice
Action Taken
The prescribed readings followed those from previous years. The readings can be reviewed for 2022 and new Unit Coordinator to amend as appropriate.
Source: Verbal feedback, formal evaluation response
Introduce ABCD earlier in semester (currently week 9) seen as an important and highly relevant perspective, particularly for assessment 2 due week 6
Rearrange order of weekly topics to reflect usefulness for assessments
Action Taken
The weekly topics followed those from previous years. This has been reviewed for 202 and amended as appropriate.
Source: Formal evaluation response (x2)
Tutorials requested - on campus and via Zoom.
Weekly Zoom sessions can be offered as tutorials if required (student preference this semester was for discussion of topics rather than delivering a powerpoint on the week's topic) Covid-19 restrictions prohibited on campus tutorials
Action Taken
Tutorial voting option was provided for 2021, however student attendance was still low. Unit coordinator to continue to explore strategies to increase student engagement.
Source: Student feedback
Students reported some confusion with assessment tasks and there appeared to be some inconsistency between the unit profile and assessment task outline uploaded on Moodle.
Improve student engagement with the unit profile through regular messaging in discussion forums. Review the unit profile and resources on Moodle for consistency.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Critique ideas of community and a range of community work models for practice.
  2. Compare a range of strategies that provide useful outcomes for specified community based contexts and evaluate their usefulness.
  3. Integrate cultural competency skills working within the community including working within Indigenous communities
  4. Explain how social innovation is used within communities.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 3 4 5
1 - Online discussion forum
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Report
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online discussion forum
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Report